A Canadian woman who pulled over on a highway to help a group of injured ducklings now faces life in prison after she inadvertently caused the deaths of two motorcyclist.
Emma Czornobaj, 25, was found guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts dangerous driving causing death. The first charge alone carries a maximum life sentence.
According to St. Louis Today, Czornobaj, a self-described animal lover, said she saw the ducklings on the side of a highway without their mother, and planned to take the ducks home with her. However, she parked on the left lane of the highway without her hazard lights on. Andre Roy, 50, and his daughter Jessie, 16, who were both on a motorcycle, slammed into the back of her car, killing them instantly.
Czornobaj initially was willing to plead guilty “as recently as April” but refused to do jail time, and was reportedly stunned when she learned of the jury’s verdict. “This was not a race,” her lawyer told the Mail “This was not a person who took a chance and drove drunk. This is not about someone who was speeding and took a risky maneuver.”
[St. Louis Today]
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